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Engineering Cultures Taiwan

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Taichung, Taipei, Taiwan
Course # SA 10524
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/12/19 to 05/26/19

Program Leader

Name Vincent Duffy
Phone765 49-66658

Program Description

This program has just been approved as a Tech Elective in IE.  You can now apply this course towards a Tech Elective in IE, ME, AAE and as a Complementary Elective for ECE.


This study abroad program introduces students to the Engineering Culture of Taiwan while also building relationships between Purdue and two schools in the region. The main objective for this program is to increase interest and preparedness among participants for future study, research, and/or work opportunities in Taiwan specifically and East Asia more generally.

The experience begins with a series of preparatory meetings that will start to familiarize students with the history and culture of Taiwan and East Asia. Students will also learn strategies to improve their ability to function effectively in cross-cultural environments, including through the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).  The international portion of the course is planned for May 12-26, 2019.

Approximately one week will be spent at Feng Chia University and other locations in and around Taichung, Taiwan. The remaining time will be spent around Taipei and Tainan City, with the latter involving a multi-day visit to National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). University visits will include campus tours, visits to research labs, interactions with students and faculty, and topical seminars. At Feng Chia, students will undertake intensive, short-term project work with a group of Taiwanese students in an Innovation and Entrepreneurship course.

The trip will additionally include visits to significant cultural and historical sites, as well as visits to industry sites (e.g., tours of semiconductor and other manufacturing facilities). Throughout the experience, emphasis will be placed on Taiwanese culture and history, including how urban infrastructure, industry, transport, and architecture reflect unique cultures and styles of engineering and technology. 

Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for ENGR 19500. Approved as a Tech Elective for IE, ME, and AAE. Approved as a Complimentary Elective for ECE. Ask your academic advisor how it can be used in your plan of study.


All students in the College of Engineering, Krannert School of Management, and College of Technology are welcome to apply. You must be in good standing with the university.

Program Cost

Program cost is $2659.99.  Check to see if you qualify for a Purdue Moves Scholarship.  This price INCLUDES housing, cultural excursions, several meals, ground transportation, metro passes, 3 credits, and International Health Insurance.


It was mistakenly noted that Airfare was included in the price, but it is not.  We apologize for this error.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program reaches capacity. 10 spots are available.

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